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Oeko-Tex Criteria Become Mandatory

New Oeko-Tex Standard 100 criteria that have applied since the beginning of 2007 are now mandatory, reports the Switzerland-based Oeko-Tex Association. The criteria preclude the approval of Disperse Orange 149 dye in any certification process because it contains 4-aminoazobenze, which is legally banned.

Oeko-Tex lab tests for carcinogenic arylamines have been extended to include analyzing undyed polyurethane materials because of positive past test results for free carcinogenic amines that could be attributed to certain qualities of polyurethane materials.

The use of phthalates has also been given closer examination. Limit values for softeners DEHP, DBP and BBP have been set for textiles worn close to the skin in Product Class II. According to Oeko-Tex, this is a proactive measure that will provide greater product safety to manufacturers, retailers and end-users.

The phthalates DINP, DNOP and DIDP will stay within the range of testing for Product Class I.

More information on test criteria and limit values for Oeko-Tex Standard 100 may be found at www.oeko-tex.com.

April 10, 2007